XL Label Japan Master List 1982 – 1986

UD stopped in 1982 and seamlessly XL took its place and kept right on going, releasing almost twice as many releases over the next four years. The majority of the output was more homogenized, however. Punk and New Wave had come and gone  – prog rock as well to an extent – and hard rock emerged as the clear winner with Rainbow, Ozzy and (Ronnie James) Dio leading the pack (w. some old favorites and new flavors of the month sprinkled in). Color covers and labels slowly replaced UD’s b&w art. Most of their U.S. based recordings were sourced from the Long Beach Arena, suggesting a contact in that area.

These releases also seems to have been exclusively sold via certain ShinjuKu Tokyo record stores, such as Kinnie and perhaps DISCROAD and OM. Although these and later releases are often referred to as “Kinnie bootlegs” on Japanese blogs, they were not produced by Kinney or any of its employees (“due to valuable comments from former Kinnie’s clerk, I got a testimony that Kinnie himself did not make BOOT.” = translated quote from a blog) but have been attributed to a gentleman named as ‘Shiro’.

Kinnie store

Kinnie store ad

Finally, the name for the UD & XL label derives from the Maxell cassette tape brand, as previously pointed out by a reader.

maxell-ud-xl

 

XL 1501-2     ULTRAVOX – Live ’82  ?

XL 1503-5     SCORPIONS – THE TAIL OF THE SCORPION     Hammersmith Odeon, London, 23 April ’82 & Reading Festival, 25 August, ’79

XL 1506-7     OZZY OSBOURNE – DEATH OR GLORY 1982    ?

XL 1508-10    RAINBOW – A PARIS     Hammersmith Odeon, London, 26 July ’81

XL 1511-3     ASIA – ONLY TIME WILL TELL    Philadelphia Spectrum, 22 June 1982

XL 1514-6     ROLLING STONES – CHANTILLY LACE “In Berlin” 1982  Berlin, Waldbühne, 8 June ’82

XL 1517-9     RAINBOW – STONE COLD   MSG, NY, June 1982

XL 1523-4     OZZY OSBOURNE – L.A. 1981    shared w. UD 6581-2

XL 1525-7     ROXY MUSIC – CHANCE MEETING   Wembley Arena, 22 September 1982  45 RPM

XL 1528-30    JOURNEY – FRONTIERS TOUR 1983 World Premiere   ?

XL 1531-2     OZZY OSBOURNE – LONG BEACH AREANA 1981 (blue cover reissue)

XL 1533-4     OZZY OSBOURNE – DEATH OR GLORY 82

XL 1535-7     RAINBOW – END OF A RAINBOW (Monsters Of Rock)

XL 1538-40    LED ZEPPELIN – COLOGNE 1980   18 June 1980

XL 1541-2     MARILLION – GARDEN PARTY   Norwich University, 15 March 1983

XL 1543-5     YARDBIRDS – THE YARDBIRDS REFORM FOR MARQUEE   Marquee, London 16 October 1983

XL 1546-48    RAINBOW – DORTMUND JANUARY 1983 – Tokyo, Budokan 22 October 1982

XL 1549-51    ERIC CLAPTON – THE SHAPE YOU’RE IN   Cologne Sporthalle, 26 April 1983 & Kyoto Kaikan Daiichi Hall, 4 December ’81

XL 1552-3     QUIET RIOT – THE LEGENDARY    Starwood, L.A., October 1979    45 RPM

XL 1554-5     OZZY OSBOURNE – LIVE FROM KBFH 1981    St. Denis Theater, Montreal, 28 July 1981

XL 1556/57/58    RAINBOW – SWEET SILENCE        Sobell Leisure Center, London, 18 September 1983

XL 1559/60    THE HONEYDRIPPERS – THE BLUE NOTE – Blue Note Club, 13 April 1981

XL 1561-3     MICHEAL SCHENKER GROUP – DAMAGE CONTROL    ?

XL 1564-5     NIGHT RANGER – WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND    ?

XL 1566-8     ASIA – OPEN YOUR EYES    Japan December 1983

XL 1569-0     KISS – EGOS AT THE STAKE    Wembley Arena, London, 9 September 1980

XL 1571-3     TOTO  –  L.A. FORUM MAY 1982   (?)

XL 1574-5     ALCATRAZZ – ON PAROLE    ?

XL 1576-8     KISS – WORLD TOUR 1984    Long Beach Arena, 27 January 1984

XL 1579-0     OZZY OSBOURNE – THE RETURN OF BATMAN    Hammersmith Odeon, 29 November 1983

XL 1581-2     VAN HALEN – HALEN HEARTY – MSG, NY 31 March 1984

XL 1583-4     DIO – WANNA DANCE?    Hammersmith Odeon, London, 5 November, 1983

XL 1585-6     RAINBOW – STARGAZER   Sobell Leisure Center, London, 17 September 1983

XL 1587-8     YES WORLD TOUR 1984    Meadowlands Arena, NJ, 7 May 1984
XL 1589-0     WATERS vs. GILMOUR – MONEY    Earls Court, London, 21+22 June 1984 & 22 July 1984

XL 1591-2     DIO – AT IRVINE MEADOWS      20 July 1984

XL 1593/4     OZZY OSBOURNE – NEW YEAR’ EVE 1981/2    L.A. Sports Arena, 31 December 1981

XL 1595-6     JUDAS PRIEST – THE METALLION    Irvine Meadows, 29 July 1984

XL 1597-8     RUSH – PRESSURE RELEASE    Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, 29 September 1984

XL 1599-0     ALCATRAZZ vs RISING FORCE – Unreleased Tracks    studio + live 1984

XL 1601/2     BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – BORN IN THE USA TOUR  – L.A. Sports Arena, 4 November 1984

XL 1603-4     NIGHT RANGER – WORLD TOUR 1984    ?

XL 1605-6     TOTO – ISOLATION WORLD TOUR 85

XL 1607-8     TWISTED SISTER – BONE IDOL    ?

XL 1609-0     DEEP PURPLE – PURPLE REIGN    Long Beach Arena, 01 February 1985

XL 1611-2     KISS – KISSING IN THE PINK    Long Beach Arena, 17 February 1985

XL 1613-4     ACCEPT – NO SUBSTITUTE  / TEUTONIC HEART ATTACK        Hammersmith Odeon, London, 15 March, 1985

XL 1615-6     NIGHT RANGER – LIVE WISHES    Japan 1985 or Long Beach Arena, June 1985

XL 1617-8     BON JOVI – PLAYS WITH FIRE TOUR 1985    UK May ’85 ?

XL 1619-20    THE FIRM – FULL CIRCLE         Costa Mesa, CA 16 March 1985

XL 1621-2     ERIC CLAPTON – SAME OLD BLUES    Wembley Arena, 4 March ’85

XL 1623-4     OZZY OSBOURNE – BARK AT THE MOON WORLD TOUR – Long Beach Arena, 4 April 1984

XL 1625-6     IRON MAIDEN – WORLD SLAVERY TOUR 1985    Long Beach Arena, 16 March ’85

XL 1627-8     DIO – SACRD HEART WORLD TOUR 1985-1986    Manteca, CA, Oakwood Lake Amphitheatre, 13 August 1985

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